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Next year I’m not even going to worry about putting in the summer vegies until May. It’s just not warm enough. The beans and peas finally started to really grow about three weeks ago after just sitting there.  On Saturday, Alex came out to lounge around.

Alex in straw 1

Alex in straw 2

Also, on Saturday morning, we saw out first quail ever on the property, and out front in the cultivated area instead of out back in the more natural west end.

QuailThe vegetable garden looking nice.

VegWe picked our first salad greens yesterday and ate them within a couple of hours after chilling them in the frig. Best. Salad. Ever. Parisian mesclun “cut and come again” mix.

Parisian mesclun mix

The roses are in full swing now, too.

Rosa mundiRosa mundi

Ferd. PichRose Ferdinand Pichard

R moyesii geraniumRosa moyesii ‘geranium”, courtesy Fickle Hill Old Rose Nursery. I’ve never seen it for sale from anyone else.

Some of the other flowers and beds.

Lollipop lilies“Lollipop” lilies.

PansiesPansies.

South side rose borderRose border, south side.

Tropical garden looking westTropical garden, looking west.

WisteriaWisteria being trained to go along wall of house and across gap towards garage.

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I’m finally over the cold that has had me down and it’s time to update the photos so I can see in the future where things were at this point. But first, we have started to harvest our radishes. Plus new flower and border photos.

Alex inspects the radish harvest

Alex inspects the radish harvest

Our first real radish harvest

Our first real radish harvest

Rosa mundi

Rosa mundi

Rose Camieaux

Rose Camieaux

English rose 'Graham Thomas'

English rose 'Graham Thomas'

Duchess de Montebello 1

Duchess de Montebello 1

Duchess de Montebello 2

Duchess de Montebello 2

Front porch border with collie Niki

Front porch border with collie Niki

Rock garden; apricot daschia is blooming

Rock garden; apricot daschia is blooming

Rock garden

Rock garden

Rose border looking east

Rose border looking east

Rose border

Rose border

Rose border with Michiko, our calico cat

Rose border with Michiko, our calico cat

Rose border, south side

Rose border, south side

Border on west side of studio

Border on west side of studio; edge in progress

Tropical border with Michiko

Tropical border with Michiko; upright plant is Sisyrinchium striatum

The vegetable garden

The vegetable garden

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It’s Memorial Day and the sun has finally come out for awhile after three days of overcast, extended even out to areas where it’s “always sunny”, like Blue Lake and Fieldbrook.  I’ve has a cold for the last couple of days, so not getting anything done in the yard. David, however, has gotten the OSB “floor” down for my new potting area on the north side of the house. Next step will be to move the potting table, the pots, tools, etc. Then I can finally get some seeds started.Potting areaThings are really starting to burst into bloom now.

Geranium 'Splish Splash', one of my favorites

Geranium 'Splish Splash', one of my favorites and it's self-seeding!

Cranesbill 'Ballerina'

Cranesbill 'Ballerina'

Red Baron grass

Red Baron grass

Climbing rose 'Dublin Bay'; might be the Best Red Rose Ever

Climbing rose 'Dublin Bay'; might be the Best Red Rose Ever

English rose 'Brother Caedfael'

English rose 'Brother Caedfael'

English rose 'Charles Rennie MacIntosh'

English rose 'Charles Rennie Mackintosh'

Rose 'Ispahan'

Rose 'Ispahan'

Rose 'Fantin Latour'; one of my all time favorites

Rose 'Fantin Latour'; one of my all time favorites

Rose 'Moonlight'; one of the Vintage Gardens roses I decided to try

Rose 'Moonlight'; one of the Vintage Gardens roses I decided to try

Looking back towards the house; veg  garden in foreground

Looking back towards the house; veg garden in foreground

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Sunday:

Seeds arrived from Thompson and Morgan yesterday.  I wanted Limnanthes douglasii, in particular and they seem to be the only company that has it. Ironic, in a way, since they are a British company and Limnanthes in a North American native plant. We saw it for the first time at a garden in England, absolutely covered with bees. It’s common name over there is Poached Egg Plant.

T&M really have an incredible seed selection to choose from, so while I was at it I got:

2 Limnanthes douglasii

1 Papaver Coral Reet- to be started this fall

1 Nasturtium Tip-Tip Apricot

1 Verbascum “Snow Maiden”

1 Bellis Tasso Strawberry and Cream

1 Dianthus Elegance Lavender

1 Dianthus Elegance Pink

T&M are also the only good source I’ve found for wallflower seeds, so I got:

1 Wallflower My Fair Lady mix

1 Wallflower Sunset mixed

1 Wallflower Kew Collection Sunset mixed

Wednesday:

Took a bunch of photos yesterday. Still battling the slugs, who seem to prefer the sunflowers and squash sprouts, but otherwise things are coming along nicely. Some of the new roses have their first blooms, so I finally get to see what they look like “in person”.

Scored nine yards of cedar mulch at a good price and almost have the Rose Border done. I ran out of gas on Sunday after about six wheelbarrow loads, but it sure looks nice!

We’re filling the bird feeders once a week and are currently getting American goldfinches and house or purple finches.

On to the photos:

South edge all nice and mulched with mixed nemesia and dwarf snapdragons blooming

South edge all nice and mulched with mixed nemesia and dwarf snapdragons blooming

Beans and Peas

Beans and Peas

Tomatoes coming along nicely

Tomatoes coming along nicely

Tropical garden with sunroses in full bloom

Tropical garden with sunroses in full bloom

Bulgarian allium- pretty much the only allium that is rated for zone 9; it's repeating well

Bulgarian allium- pretty much the only allium that is rated for zone 9; it's repeating well

Icelandic poppies and an unusual volunteer dicentra, which is growing in full sun

Icelandic poppies and an unusual volunteer dark pink dicentra, which is growing in full sun; an unintended and possibly "dire" combination

Leopard Lilies getting very lush; dig and divide this fall, I think

Leopard Lilies getting very lush; dig and divide this fall, I think

Sunrose

Sunrose 'Wisley Pink" with galtonia on the left and rose 'Duchess de Montebello' above

Hardy geranium 'Orion'

Hardy geranium 'Orion'

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' with flower stalk of a plant who's name I can't remember just now

Persicaria 'Red Dragon' with flower stalk of a dyckia fosteriana in front

At last, the Hamburger Phoenix floribunda rose nice crimson color with a small white eye

At last, the Hamburger Phoenix floribunda rose; nice crimson color with a small white eye

Rose 'Sappho'; floribunda; very clean white

Rose 'Sappho'; floribunda; very clean white

Rose 'Old Homestead'; found rose; deep purple-red; loads of petals

Rose 'Old Homestead'; found rose; deep purple-red; loads of petals

Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' bursting into bloom now

Rose 'Gertrude Jekyll' bursting into bloom now

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Got the bed on the west wall of my studio cleaned up yesterday and planted two David Austin English roses that were part of the batch I got from Jackson & Perkins: Janet and Bishop’s Castle.

Planted Abraham Darby out in the rose border on the edge of where the septic tank is buried. We’ll put a couple of chairs there and create a destination off the main path since I don’t want to plant anything there. There’s also a Graham Thomas rose. The area is sort of a transition between the more traditional English style mixed border with my striped rose collection and the tropical garden.

Nasturtiums starting to come up. Tithonias are up. Sunroses are blooming. Gertrude Jekyll rose has three blooms, the first rose of the year to flower. Goldflame honeysuckle is starting. Some tulips still going, but most starting to fade. Lilies are up. Sarah Berhardt herbacious peony is up, an experiment. I have no idea if it will bloom, but who knows what will bloom where anymore.

Quite a few frogs out down at the pond and saw a salamander swimming around, along with some big tadpoles.

American goldfinches are back. I often think “screaming yellow zonkers” when I see the bright yellow males. Maybe some purple or house finches too. Violet-green swallows were swooping around this afternoon.

The last three roses (for the time being ;0) ) arrived from Rogue Valley Roses a few days ago: Rosa chinensis mutabilis, The Yeoman and the stripped Variegata de Bologna, which I planted today. Still thinking about where to put to the first two.

Yesterday and this morning, we moved all the plants that Genvieve pointed out were in the wrong places, except the kiwis. The south side of the yard should flow much better now, like at all. It looks like the English laurel that the gopher got to is going to survive.

David has been re-doing the watering system out front and has made good progress. Every rose gets its own drip and there are around two dozen new ones. We’re using 1/4″ soaker tubing for the vegetable beds and he got all that done for the areas that have been planted.

I picked up some six packs on Friday and got them all in today:

1 Foxy foxglove

3 Sonata Mix Cosmos

2 Dwarf Snapdragons (They told me at Miller Farms that no one is offering snapdragons this year. One flat of Rocket, which sold out right away and now only the dwarf variety. Very odd.)

And, the jackpot: 2 six-packs of Verbascum “Southern Charm”. I bought one when we lived in the Victorian. It was in that Austin rose border and stood out so much that I got asked about it more than the roses. It’s only been available, at a stiff price, from Burpee, as in $19 for three tiny plants, which I sprung for a couple of years ago. Sometimes there is a plant that you just Have To Have. And now I have 12 out front. Life is good.

David loves Moonflowers and I love Morning Glories, so I soaked the seeds last night a put a row of each along the west facing fence in front. Also planted a row of giant sunflowers, Heirloom Titan. The packet (Renee’s Garden) says 12-14′. I hope.

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My bareroot Jackson & Perkins roses arrived a few days ago. I lined the wheelbarrow with the big plastic bag they came in, laid all the plants on that, filled it up enough water to cover the roots and parked it on the north side of the house until I could get them planted, which I mostly got done today after the Giants beat the Diamondbacks. Also got a couple of orange oriental poppies moved. I kept hoping they’d go dormant, but no, and the third one in the same bed is blooming already.

In the Rose Border, planted today:

East side- Falstaff, Golden Celebrations, Felicite et Perpetue, Moonlight

West side- Purple Tiger

North Side- moved Moonlight to East side, where it will have more room and then put Windemere in its place

In the Tropical Garden, planted today:

Phare, Crown Princesse Margareta, Leaping Salmon, Citrus Splash, Christopher Marlowe; first three are climbers; all are unusual warm colors

In the Vegetable Garden:

Emerite Pole Beans, shallots, garlic are up; bought more tomatoes yesterday

Yesterday we put a new trellis on the wall to support the Climbing Dublin Bay, one of the best red roses ever, bred by McGredy. Started to clean up the bed, which is a mess because of the gophers and the #*&%# dock. Gopher killed one of three grevillia, so I’ve moved the Thumper there for now. Tulips out front appear to have survived.

Blooming in the Long Border: Maureen, Mrs. John Scheepers, Cri de Coeur, Coloeur Cardinal, Queen of the Night tulips and some grape hyacinth; volunteer dicentra happily blooming in full sun and spreading fast

Apple trees blooming; Akebono cherry trees starting to bloom; chestnut trees starting to leaf out; alders greening up fast; yellow and white dutch iris blooming down by pond

Rhododendron on right side of drive facing east is blooming; one on southwest side of Rose Border starting.

The Dratted Scotch Bloom, which comes in from the property to the west, has revealed its locations with its yellow flowers. Eradication will begin within the  week.

Lots of frog song at night.

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When we lived in a Victorian in Eureka, I created my first garden and discovered old and English roses. I had never liked roses (i.e. hybrid teas) before. It was love at first sight.

I was able to create what I called The Long Border in the front of the house and just for fun decided to do a color shift from one end to the other using English roses as the base, because they are repeat blooming but look like the old roses I love.  We moved before I really got it sorted out. However, we drove by the house not long ago and the roses still all appear to be there, although they’re not blooming yet.

There were roses that I wanted that weren’t available in the US at the the time (early 1990s), but I still found enough to pull off a deep burgundy, dark crimson, red, dark pink, medium cool pink, medium warm pink, pink, lighter pink, apricot, yellow and white progression using, if I recall correctly:

The Prince, L.D. Braithwaite, The Dark Lady, The Herbalist, Gertrude Jekyll, (then the steps up to the house) Brother Caedfael, St. Swithen, Sharifa Asma, Abraham Darby, Evelyn, Queen Nefertiti, Graham Thomas, Fair Bianca and Winchester Cathedral.

I’ve got some photos stashed in an album somewhere and when I have time, I’ll dig them out, scan and post them, along with other pics of that garden, which was on the Botanical Garden Foundation’s Garden Tour one year.

I was on the Austin site because a Brother Cadfael that I got from another nursery doesn’t go with or seem to be the same as the two I got from Austin and it got me thinking about that color progression again. Most of Austin’s roses are now available here, including the two I pined for but couldn’t get way back when. So, if I could do it again today (and I will someday, if we can afford it, since they really need to be purchased in threes):

The Prince,  Tradescant, The Dark Lady, L.D. Braithwaite (burgundy to red)

Portmeirion, Cottage Rose, Geoff Hamilton, Eglantine (pinks cool to warm)

Sweet Juliet, Abraham Darby, Evelyn, William Morris (apricot light to darker)

Golden Celebration, Molineaux, Happy Child, Pegasus (yellow intense to lighter)

Lichfield Angel, Rose Marie, Glamis Castle, Winchester Cathedral (white)

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The two I couldn’t get were Molineaux and Glamis Castle.

Austin doesn’t offer The Herbalist, which was very similar to  Rosa Gallica (which I have), Fair Bianca or Queen Nefertiti anymore, which were the substitutes anyway. I already have Gertrude Jekyll, Brother Caedfael and Graham Thomas in the Rose Border out front. This border would be in back where there would be room….lots of room. Wouldn’t it be something? I’ll just keep dreaming for now.

If you like roses but can’t visualize what the heck I’m talking about? Here’s the Austin site. The roses are very high quality and bloom well the first year.

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